Weekly overview (2016, week 05): 5 new brands and 43 new pedals

NAMM 2016 overview: T minus 1 day: 39 new pedals

NAMM 2016 overview: T minus 1 week: 88 new pedals

new pedals from NAMM 2016, T minus 1 week

88 new effects

  1. Alexander Pedals Super Radical Delay
  2. Amptweaker TightMetal ST
  3. AudioSprockets ToneDexter
  4. Benado Effects PB-1Pro Effects Pedal Board
  5. Catalinbread Bicycle Delay
  6. Catalinbread CSIDMAN Delay
  7. Crews Maniac Sound DIS-01 Distortion
  8. Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B7K Ultra - Bass Preamp
  9. Dwarfcraft Devices Necromancer
  10. Dwarfcraft Devices Twin Stags
  11. EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold - Power Amp Distortion
  12. EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche Run - Stereo Delay and Reverb
  13. EarthQuaker Devices Bellows - Fuzzdriver
  14. EarthQuaker Devices Bows - Germanium Preamp Booster
  15. EarthQuaker Devices Gray Channel - Dynamic Dirt Doubler
  16. EarthQuaker Devices Night Wire - Dynamic Harmonic Tremolo
  17. EarthQuaker Devices Spatial Delivery - Envelope Filter with Sample & Hold
  18. EarthQuaker Devices Spires - Fuzz Doubler
  19. Electro-Harmonix 720 Stereo Looper
  20. Electro-Harmonix Lester G - Deluxe Rotary Speaker
  21. Electro-Harmonix Lester K - Stereo Rotary Speaker
  22. Electro-Harmonix XO Crash Pad - Electronic Crash Drum
  23. Electro-Harmonix XO Soul POG - Soul Food + Nano POG
  24. Electro-Harmonix XO Super Space Drum
  25. GTC Sound Innovations RevPad
  26. Gurus Amps 1959 Double Decker
  27. Gurus Amps Optivalve - Boutique Series Tube Optical Compressor
  28. Hologram Electronics Dream Sequence - Programmable Rhythm & Octave
  29. Hotone Audio Bass Press - Volume / Expression / Wah-Wah Pedal
  30. Hotone Audio Ravo Pro - Multi-Effects Processor
  31. Hotone Audio Skyline series EQ-V - 5 Band Equalizer
  32. Hotone Audio Skyline series Golden Touch - Overdrive
  33. Hotone Audio Vow Press - Switchable Volume/Wah Pedal
  34. Ibanez Mini Analog Delay
  35. Ibanez Mini Chorus
  36. Ibanez Mini Super Metal
  37. JAM Pedals Delay Llama Supreme
  38. Keeley Delay Workstation
  39. Keeley Mod Workstation
  40. Keeley Tone Workstation
  41. KHDK Electronics No. 1 - Overdrive
  42. Lightning Wave Astro
  43. Lightning Wave Doom
  44. Lightning Wave Ghost
  45. Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay Deluxe
  46. Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive with 5 knobs
  47. Mode Machines AT1 Overdrive
  48. Mode Machines AT2 Distortion
  49. Mode Machines MM-1 Distortion
  50. Mode Machines MM-2 Overdrive
  51. Mode Machines MM-3 Buzz/Fuzz
  52. Mode Machines MM-4 Chorus
  53. Mode Machines MM-5 Delay
  54. Mode Machines MM-6 Phaser
  55. Mode Machines MM-7 Compressor
  56. Mode Machines MM-8 Flanger
  57. Mode Machines MM-9 Power Supply
  58. Mooer Audio (Pro series) Reverie Chorus
  59. Mooer Audio Free Step - Wah/Volume Pedal
  60. Mooer Audio L6 Pedal Controller
  61. Mooer Audio Micro Drummer - Drum Machine Pedal
  62. Mooer Audio Mooergan - Digital Organ Simulation Pedal
  63. Mooer Audio PE100 Portable Guitar Effect
  64. Mooer Audio Redkid - Talking Wah Pedal
  65. Morgan MkII
  66. Morgan NKT275
  67. Morgan OD
  68. Mr. Black TrancePortal - Shimmer Echo
  69. Providence BTC-1 Bass Boot Comp - Bass Compressor
  70. Providence HBL-4 Heat Blaster
  71. Providence VFB-1 Vitalizer FB - Active Impedance Converter + Booster
  72. Providence VZW-1 Vitalizer WV - Active Impedance Converter
  73. Rainger FX Echo-X - Digital Delay
  74. Singular Sound Beat Buddy Mini
  75. Sinvertek Fluid Time - Dual Analog Delay with Effects Loop
  76. StompLight
  77. StompLight Professional
  78. Thorpy FX Peacekeeper - Low Gain Overdrive
  79. Valeton AD-10 Analog Delay
  80. Valeton CH-10 Analog Chorus
  81. Valeton CS-10 Compressor
  82. Valeton FL-10 HB Flanger
  83. Valeton FP-10 FET Preamp
  84. Valeton OC-10 Octave
  85. Valeton OD-10 Overdrive
  86. Valeton PH-10 Phaser
  87. Valeton TW-10 Touch Wah
  88. Valeton VES-1 Dapper - Effect Strip

NAMM Press Release: Demand for Personalized Sound Presses Boutique Pedal Market Forward

Carlsbad, CA, (December 10, 2015) – Demand for customized, unique sound is driving fretted products and effects sales to a seven-year high, while fueling a new wave of boutique pedal builders. Over the last decade, the retail value of the effects pedal category has increased more than 45%, with a 13.7% gain in 2014.

Pedal builders will have a noticeably larger presence at the NAMM Show this January 21-24 as boutique brands including Strymon, Walrus Audio, Chase Bliss Audio and Dwarfcraft Devices join established brands Boss, Dunlop Manufacturing Inc., Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, EarthQuaker Devices, Electro-Harmonix, Pigtronix, Seymour Duncan, TC Electronic and Wampler Pedals to debut new effects gear at the NAMM Show.

The emergence of hundreds of up-and-coming pedal brands can be traced to new technology and easier global distribution, of both ideas and components. Robert Keeley, founder of Keeley Electronics, Inc., has seen his Edmond, OK business double since 2012. It is now producing more than 2,000 units per month. “Our products are almost completely hand-built and we cater to a group of people who are in the market for specialty-purpose pedals,” said Keeley. Big- name players including John Mayer, Jimmy Buffet and Dream Theater’s John Petrucci are among those who have called on Keeley for customized pedals, with some of those pedals crossing over into a limited-edition commercial run.

Joel Korte, founder of Minnesota-based Chase Bliss Audio has seen sales double in the last year and adds, “Musicians like to experiment with sound using pedals because the experience is very visceral and pedals are hands-on and offer the artist control right away.”

Affordability has also emerged as a major factor in the surge as artists add distortion, phasers and vibrato to their signature sound. The cottage industry of boutique pedal makers offers ways to tweak and discover sounds for an average price of $100-$400 dollars.

Many of these emerging builders, including Akron, Ohio’s family-owned EarthQuaker Devices, have also focused on demonstrating their products for non-traditional pedal players, such as sax, synth and violin players. Julie Robbins of EarthQuaker Devices emphasizes that innovative, specialty-designed sound is a key factor in the company’s success. “We answer the call of experimental musicians who love to create sounds that inspire them to go in new directions,” said Robbins. “Some just want to recreate classic tones, while others use their pedals as a way to actually define their newest album, and we cater to both.”

Demand is also up for pedals that couple long-lasting new technology with “old school” parts to create coveted “vintage” analog sounds. Pete Celi, co-founder of growing Southern California builder Strymon, says interest in vintage pedals has skyrocketed, including tape delays, vintage amp tremolos, pedals from the 70s, but he notes these originals can be unreliable on tour and prices make those purchases beyond the reach of most musicians. “This creates an opportunity for pedals that can capture those sought-after sounds and yet be conveniently and reliably used at gigs,” said Celi.

Strymon employs a one-on-one strategy with musicians, regularly holding open-studio parties. Celi says the conversations are paying off. “We believe everybody is an artist.”

Last chance to buy a shirt and help me go to NAMM!

1 day left to support my trip to the NAMM show in January.

December 1 is the last day to order a T-shirt from the Teespring campaign.

Reasons to buy one:

[review] T-Rex Quint Machine (by Bieke)

T-Rex from Vejle, Denmark started out in the mid nineties, making MIDI switchers and then moved to making guitar effect pedals. Their first pedal line up consisted of a compressor, tremolo, overdrive and distortion and these were embraced by the pedal aficionados and praised as being top quality pedals.

They were. And T-Rex did not stop there and went on to release great sounding modulation and time based effects. Apart from a side step into the world of boutique guitar amps, T-Rex continuously specialized in designing guitar pedals and accessories and unleashed the affordable Tonebug series, the Dual function pedals, a series of tube pedals, power supplies, pedalboards and bags, even multi effect and more recently a ... wait for it ... tape delay – ay - ay – ay.

So, T-Rex has not been sitting still and kept reinventing their own line of pedals, nowadays it consists of a line-up of sleek compact pedals. One effect that T-Rex did not offer was a pitch shifter.

Until now. Read on to find out more about the T-Rex Quint Machine.

T-Rex Quint MachineThe looks

A compact size pedal, it measures 60x50x117 mm, in a distinguished purple brownish color with a  darker striping pattern, in- and output and 9V DC socket on top.

Red status LED and soft FET bypass on/off switch, slightly off center. T-Rex badge in the middle.

The Quint Machine has 4 controls, Fifth Up, +1 and -1 Octave and Mix.

Stylish cream colored fluted knobs with black markers

The Quint Machine also takes 9V batteries, but drains these instantly, so better to user a power supply. And you need a special tool to gain access to the battery compartment, so not that practical.

Soon? T-Rex Replicator

It appears we're getting closer to the release date of the T-Rex Replicator Tape Echo.

I added some official pictures and more info to the page and I replaced my YouTube videos with better versions (something went wrong with most of the videos I made at Musikmesse when I rendered them the first time, so they were only online for a short time).

Michael's introduction: description

Lars' introduction: features,...

The demo

New T-shirts coming soon (to fund my trip to Winter NAMM 2016)

T-shirts v3

NAMM 2016 is still 3 months away, but I started making plans to attend again, hopefully without NAMMthrax and blisters from hell this time, but not wearing brand new shoes and not having to run to catch a plane after arriving with the wrong passport first should help! I try to go every other year but my 2nd son made me skip an extra year.
Since the costs for such a trip (from Belgium...) are quite high I decided to do another T-shirt campaign to help me fund it.

With the previous batches I got a lot of requests for a black shirt, so that will definitely be one of the options. Yes, "one of", I'll probably offer quite a lot of colors (all with the same colors of print).
It's possible that I'll do 2 campaigns: 1 for shirts printed in the US (as last times) and one for shirts printed in Europe (cheaper shipping) if I can make that clear on the campaign pages (at the manufacturer's site).

The shirt will show the Effects Database logo (again), but with a bigger "monster" and smaller text than the previous shirts. The logo was designed by David Medel aka Weirdbeard72, who also designed a lot of gig posters, shirts, cd covers and pedals for Catalinbread, Earthquaker Devices,...

Shirts from the previous campaigns (for NAMM 2013 and a small one for those who missed that) were bought by a lot of badass/cool/lovely/... people/friends including a lot of pedal manufacturers (including Mike Matthews from Electro-Harmonix!) and "media people" (Burgs, JustNick, Rebecca Dirks,...) and other friends/followers/readers from around the world (USA, UK, Norway, Argentina, Greece, Austrlia,...) as you can see here (Facebook album) and here (pictures of the first campaign only, but here on this site).

I'll show these shirts on social media a few more times, just to avoid getting a lot of questions for shirts after the campaign is over ;-)

[review] Joyo Ironman JF-312 Pipebomb - Compressor (by LievenDV)

This tiny sized pedal won't leave a big footprint on your pedalboard and it won't set you back much. But is it worth even the small investment? For many, a compressor is an effect that is too subtle to invest in but it can certainly help you in sounding consistent. Especially for rhythm players or acoustic aficionado's a compressor is a useful tool in the box.

Joyo Pipe Bomb CompressorThis pedal has a few nice quirks like a lid to shield of the tiny knobs for the impact of your big feet. Whether it is to prevent breaking off knobs or for keeping you from altering your settings while stomping it, it sure channels you into a "set and forget" scenario.

The knobs are a bit small but they are usable enough because of their shape and color. With this small size, they allow you to have 4 controls: Volume, sensitivity, mix dry/wet and attack response time. (what should be more than enough options for such a small pedal)

You'll know when it's on; 2 obvious clear leds will tell you. That might be another reason to close the lid. When closed, the logo on the lid shines and that's a nice touch. I think the power input on the right side might be problematic for some plugs so I wonder if there went as much thinking in that as in the lid.

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